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Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 33 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that LUIS SANCHEZ, 55, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in New York and Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 33 months of imprisonment for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force revealed that SANCHEZ was distributing large quantities in Hartford’s South End.  On August 31, 2016, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of approximately 200 grams of heroin from SANCHEZ outside of residence on New Britain Avenue where SANCHEZ was living temporarily.  SANCHEZ was arrested at that time.  On that date, investigators also arrested Yohander Hernandez-Cedeno, whose apartment SANCHEZ was sharing, after Hernandez-Cedeno was found in possession of approximately 83 grams of heroin.  A search of the apartment revealed approximately 74 grams of heroin, 127 grams of cocaine, and items used to process and package heroin.

Subsequent laboratory testing of the seized heroin revealed the presence of fentanyl.

SANCHEZ has been detained since his arrest.  On June 5, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin.

SANCHEZ, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., faces immigration proceedings when he completes his prison term.

Hernandez-Cedeno has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

The FBI Task Force includes members of the FBI, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Updated September 29, 2017

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